Clarksville is a natural logistics point for the state and region and is a perfect geographical mid-point for North American trade. It is conveniently located on U.S. Interstate 40 (America’s Main Street), the Arkansas River and a Class 1 Union Pacific rail line.
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Clarksville is already home to a near 1,000,000 sq ft Wal-Mart grocery distribution center.
Overall, the transportation system in Clarksville is exceptional and gives the city a clear advantage over other small towns in the region. Additionally Arkanas is already home to many companies that are locating and expanding in Arkansas due to its workforce and superb location. Saint-Gobain, Unilever, Hino, Welspun, Nordex, Nestle and LM Wind Power all chose The Natural State because location was critical and a skilled workforce is available. The state's central location puts any business in excellent position for transporting goods to both domestic and international markets.
I-40 is the third-longest Interstate Highway in the U.S. and connects Charlotte North Carolina to Los Angelas California and all points in between. I-40 intersects with eight of the 10 primary north–south Interstates as well. Traffic counts along I-40 through Clarksville average approximately 30,000 ADV. The next closest Interstates are I-49 (40 minutes) and I-30 (90 minutes)
The Department of Transportation limits commercial truck drivers to no more than 11-hour shifts per day. This table lists the major metropolitan areas that can be reached within the 11-hour driving distance radius:
Clarksville is just under an hour’s drive from the Fort Smith Regional Airport, which is served by Delta and American Airlines and provides connections to Dallas, Memphis and Atlanta as well as a large population of corporate and general aviation aircraft. A full-service fixed base operator, Tac Air, provides service to general aviation, airline and military operators.
The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Aiport is just 90 minutes away in nearby Little Rock. There you can access nonstop flights to Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orlando, Charlotte, Baltimore and Detroit on one of six airlines.
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is approximately a 1 hour and 45 minute Interstate drive from Clarksville and provides nonstop daily service to major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, largely due to the presence of one of the world's largest companies, Wal-Mart, located in nearby Bentonville.
The Clarksville Municipal airport is a general aviation airport which services civil aviation operations. Flights range from gliders and privately owned planes to corporate jet flights. The runway has an asphalt surface measuring 4,508 by 75 feet (1,374 x 23 m). The nearby Russellville Municipal airport includes a 5,100 foot runway that can accommodate slightly larger corporate and private aircraft.
The Union-Pacific Railroad, which runs through Johnson County (class-1 rail line) provides rails service to ports and markets throughout the United States. The closest rail yard for east-west transportation is the Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad located 29 minutes from Clarksville. For access to north-south transportation, the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad in Fort Smith is approximately 60 minutes to the west along Interstate 40.
The Port of Dardanelle on the Arkansas River, which flows into the Mississippi River, is served by 14 barge lines and provides transfer, storage, loading and unloading capabilities.
DESTINATION POINTS Distance in Minutes
Port of Dardanelle 30
Port of Van Buren 45
Port of Little Rock 95
Foreign Trade Zone
The nearest Foreign Trade Zone (#14) is located 95 minutes to the east at the Little Rock Port Authority. Foreign Trade Zones allow domestic activity involving foreign items to take place prior to formal customs entry. Benefits include:
- Merchandise that may be manipulated, used in a manufacturing process, inspected, combined with other domestic or foreign materials, displayed for sale and/or re-exported without payment of duty
- Savings on interest, labor and shipping costs
- Savings on personal property, sales and use taxes
Overall, the transportation system in Clarksville is exceptional and gives the city a clear advantage over other small towns in the region. Additionally Arkansas is already home to many companies that are locating and expanding in Arkansas due to its workforce and superb location. Saint-Gobain, Unilever, Hino, Welspun, Nordex, Nestle and LM Wind Power all chose The Natural State because location was critical and a skilled workforce is available. The state's central location puts any business in excellent position for transporting goods to both domestic and international markets.